2 Nephi 29: "A Bible! A Bible! We Have Got a Bible"

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 56–57

Sometimes people who are not members of the Church argue that the Book of Mormon cannot be true because the Bible is the only book of scripture God gave to man. In 2 Nephi 29, Nephi prophesied of this false teaching and wrote diligently to those people who expressed that attitude. This chapter is a continuation of the ideas expressed at the end of 2 Nephi 28 about the Gentiles refusing more of the word of God and trusting in their own learning (see 2 Nephi 28:27–32).
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Understanding the Scriptures

2 Nephi 29

Them (v. 1)The Gentiles
Standard (v. 2)Something set up by authority as a rule by which others are judged (the gospel)
Hiss (vv. 2–3)A sound made to get attention; speak, call
Travails (v. 4)Painful labors, hard work, adversities
Diligence (v. 4)Steady effort, dedication

2 Nephi 29:12–14—“The Words of the Lost Tribes of Israel”

Elder Bruce R. McConkie suggested that the records spoken of in 2 Nephi 29:12–14 would “come forth in a marvelous manner, at the direction of the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is a revelator and a translator and who holds the keys of the kingdom of God on earth as pertaining to all men, the Ten Tribes included” (The Millennial Messiah, 217). We know that the Savior visited some of the lost tribes of Israel after His Resurrection and after He visited the Nephites (see 3 Nephi 16:1–3; 17:4).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 2 Nephi 29.

Activity A iconAnswering Critics of the Book of Mormon

Anticipating the arguments of people in our day who say they already have a Bible and do not need any more scripture, Nephi gave seven principles those people should think about before dismissing the Book of Mormon as scripture. The following statements and questions refer to what Nephi wrote. Write them in your notebook, and then write what Nephi wrote in 2 Nephi 29:7–11 concerning each of them, along with the verse where the quotation is found. (The list is not in the order they are found in the chapter.)

  1. 1.

    God works through two or three witnesses (see Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1). The Book of Mormon is a second witness that the teachings in the Bible are true (see Mormon 7:8–9).

  2. 2.

    Why do you complain about having more scripture to help guide you?

  3. 3.

    Do you think the Bible contains everything God has said or ever will say?

  4. 4.

    Because God has spoken in the Bible, does that mean He cannot speak at any other time or place?

  5. 5.

    The Bible is the record of God’s dealings with the Israelites in the Middle Eastern countries. He is, however, the God of the Israelites everywhere, and of all nations. He also gives His word to them.

  6. 6.

    All nations to whom God speaks are commanded to write His words. We will be judged out of those things that are written (see Revelation 20:12–13).

  7. 7.

    Another book of scripture containing additional testimonies of the gospel testifies that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.